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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
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NEW! National Education Association Grants to Educators

Deadline: February 1, 2017

The NEA provides funding to educators through two programs: Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement. Learning & Leadership grants enable educators and educator groups to pursue high-quality professional development. Grants be used toward the cost of summer institutes, collegial study programs, and mentoring experiences, among other opportunities. Student Achievement grants support initiatives for improving academic performance in U.S. public schools. Funding is available in any subject area. This year, grants are only available to NEA members.
Prize: Individual grants are available up to $2,000; group grants are available up to $5,000.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Deadline: January 11, 2017

This program, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services offers grants for digital projects that support humanities learning. Grants are available for projects in all stages -- from start-up to implementation -- and the focus is on projects that have the potential to scale and "enhance researcher, teaching, and public programming in the humanities."
Prize: Grants vary by project.

Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant From the Jane Goodall Institute

Deadline: Jan. 20; March 31

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program encourages students in the U.S. to launch or grow community-based service learning campaigns. The Roots & Shoots grants are available to help support these projects. To apply, participants must sign up for a free Roots & Shoots membership, and participants must reside in the U.S. Funding is available for many different types of projects, from environmental clean-up, to community education initiatives. Students submit their projects, and then can apply for funding. More information, as well as learning guides and project guidelines is available online.
Prize: Grants range from $200 to $500.

Fund for Teachers Grants for Self-Designed Professional Development

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Each year, Fund for Teachers offers summer fellowship grants for preK-12 teachers. These awards enable educators to develop self-directed professional learning experiences, and their odysseys take them all over the world. For ideas, check out the list of past winners. In the past, educators have roved the Mississippi River, developing an ecology unit along the way, and many other unique experiences.
Prize: Individual grants are available up to $5,000; teams can apply for up to $10,000.

Karma for Cara Youth Microgrants

Deadline: April 1

Know a student who's looking to get a volunteerism project off the ground? The Karma for Cara Foundation can help. Launched in 2014, the foundation's minigrant program offers small, one-time grants to students to help jump-start or sustain community service projects. A range of projects qualify for funding, including examples like rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens prepare their homes for winter.
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.

IGT After School Advantage Grants

Deadline: Rolling

Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.
Prize: Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.

MORE: Get information on how to find grants.

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Contests and Awards

NEW! Collaborative School Library Award Program

Deadline: February 1, 2017

This award, one of several available from the American Library Association, recognizes collaborative projects between librarians and teachers. Librarians and educators who have worked together on programs, units or events that support the curriculum and encourage students to use library resources. Eligible projects should seek to improve information literacy, independent learning, and social responsibility. More information is available online.
Prize: One winner receives a $2,500 award grant.

Shell Science Teaching Award

Deadline: January 6, 2017

Each year, the National Science Teachers Association and Shell team up to recognize an outstanding K-12 science teacher. Nominate an educator who has had a "positive impact on his or her students, school, and community" through effective science teaching. Webinars, past winners and other information regarding the award is available online.
Prize: One K-12 educator wins a $10,000 prize and an expense-paid trip to the NSTA National Conference. Two finalists also receive an expense-paid trip to the conference.

Year in Rap Contest from The Learning Network

Deadline: January 10, 2017

The Learning Network is sponsoring a student writing content to ring in the New Year. Students are encouraged to write a rap that highlights the year's biggest news stories. Past winning entries and contest rules are available online.
Prize: Winning entries are published on The Learning Network's website.

ILA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant

Deadline: January 15, 2017

This year, the International Literacy Association is honoring K-6 educators who is "dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing." Applicants must complete a personal state and proposal about their teaching program. Educators must be from schools that serve at least 60 percent of students on free and reduced lunch. br> Prize: One educator receives a $2,500 award.

Department of Education EdSim Challenge

Deadline: January 17, 2017

Have an idea for an education simulator that helps students develop academic, technical, or employability skills? If so, this competition is right for you. The Department of Education is calling on game and multimedia developers to submit concept papers for simulations that "pair engagement of commercial games with rigorous educational content." In particular, the DOE prefers games and simulations that include "clearly defined goals and build diverse skill sets."
Prize: Five finalists receive $50,000 awards; 1 grand prize winner receives a $430,000 grant.

Shell Science Lab Challenge

Deadline: January 23, 2017

Since 2010, the Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition has offered grants to middle schools and high schools in the U.S. to make over their science labs. The awards highlight "exemplary approaches to science lab instruction" and boosts awareness among students about science careers.
Prize: Several regional awards are available, as well as a $20,000 lab makeover grand prize.

National Education Association BIG READ Project

Deadline: January 26, 2017

The NEA Big Read program supports community reading initiatives that "encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences." A number of programs qualify for funding, including author readings, book discussions, lectures, and cultural events, and these activities should focus on a specific book from the NEA Big Read library.
Prize: Approximately 75 awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 will be available in 2017.

MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.

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Classroom Resources

FREE Science Resource From the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Science's teaching resources offer something for every teacher: Online courses, interactives, toolkits, and much more. If you're looking for fun, engaging science resources, you're bound to find some useful ones here. Choose from lesson plans, as well as games, films and clips, and other interesting multimedia.

Participate in the World's Largest Lesson

During the week of September 18, classrooms around the world will participate in the World's Largest Lesson. With 17 modules following the United Nation's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, students will explore a variety of subjects, including ending hunger and poverty and climate action. Free curricula is available online and it's designed for students aged 8 to 14 years old. More information as well as ideas for implementing lessons is available in the educator's guide.

Free STEM Outreach Programs From Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is committed to advancing STEM curriculum in the classroom. The organization supports a variety of STEM outreach programs, offering free curricula, student STEM contests, and mentoring opportunities for high school students. From Generation Beyond, a free aerospace classroom resource, to Code Quest, a coding contest for young students, Lockheed Martin funds a number of diverse initiatives that empower young learners.

Free Activities for Teaching Science and Math With Music, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.

IWitness: Resources for Teaching Grit and Resilience

Finding Your Seat on the Bus is one of 57 resources, created by the USC Shoah Foundation, included in the IWitness collection. These resources explore a number of topics, including tolerance, justice, family and standing up for others, and they feature primary source materials like text, video, poems, photos and more. Each activity is built around a video clip of testimony, and they complement a number of subjects, including English, history, and social studies.

Exploratorium Science Snacks Hands-On Activities

Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks "are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials." There are hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they're created to be easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints, and advice.

National History Day WWII Resource Collection

Produced by National History Day, Understanding Sacrifice is a "collection of videos, primary source, secondary sources, and lesson plans" that covers soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.

Pixar in a Box on Khan Academy

How does math relate to Pixar animation? Khan Academy and Pixar recently released a fun, interactive lesson series called Pixar in a Box. Each lesson “demonstrates how a concept introduced in school is used for creative benefit at Pixar,” and there are lessons for all different grade levels. Teachers looking for more information should check out the Educator’s Guide, which provides examples and ideas for implementation.

Unlocking Life's Code Genome Sequencing Lessons

Unlocking Life's Code is a new tool, created by the National Human Genome Research Institute, that enables students to explore "ethical and social questions surrounding genomic sequencing." The resource includes an online exhibit covering genomic sequencing technology, as well as discussion starters and information about the "growing involvement of genetics" in many areas of our lives.

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Shayna Keyles's picture

The GotScience Teachers STEM Education Resource Center has just announced the release of the G Discussion Guides. This free 36-page PDF ebook of high school science teaching discussion guides and activities is now available to download from, a science & eduaction non-profit.

Inside, you'll find discussions on topics such as astronomy, biology, environmental science, physics, and technology. A second ebook for middle school science teaching is coming soon!

You can download the free ebook at Here's a direct link to the ebook download page:

Derek's picture
Media and Education Consultant

I came across this company's new School Technology Grants Initiative and thought I would share for consideration as an add-on to your Grants list. They have a great history of community initiatives addressing the digital divide globally and now locally in Canada and the USA. (I'm not employed by them, engaged in any way, and receive no benefit from this referral) I also left a post on your facebook page too. All the best and keep up the great work!

Christine Monahan's picture

I'm interested in the knowledge in action AP Gov curriculum. I am so inspired by the videos and research. Can I possibly participate?

Ania Świlak's picture


Could you please share this Conference Grant Contest?


INOMICS Conference Grant Contest 2016 (
Deadline: October 14, 2016

INOMICS' mission has always been to support students and academics in their education and career development. With this in mind, from August 1st to October 14th, INOMICS is organizing its annual Conference Grant Contest, where you can enter for a chance to win a EU500 grant to cover a significant part of your conference costs (registration, travel and/or accommodation). Participating is easy. Just choose your dream event and answer 3 questions related to your own academic career growth. The most thoughtful and original answer will be rewarded.


Thank you for your help!

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hi John, I'm sorry but this list is specifically for grants and resources, not schools. Trying to maintain a school list would be a herculean task. :)

Matthew Kane's picture

Hi Samer - I wanted to share details on a program that might be a good fit for your awards list. LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes K-12 educators making a difference in the lives of students. Anyone can nominate up to three educators, administrators or school district employees per academic year at

The deadline for this year's program is January 1st, 2017. There are 15 prizes available ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 (the Grand Prize). Additionally, the Spirit Award is given to the LifeChanger whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hi Matthew. The editors of this page read the comments, and if they think something is a good fit, they'll add it. Good luck with the program!

CreativeClassrooms's picture

Hello - We have just launched our CREATIVE CLASSROOM GRANTS - Entry is open to Teachers and Librarians. We have Grants of $2000 (AUD) to create engaging, inspiring and innovative classroom or learning spaces. We would love to share this with the Edutopia Community. Applications are available at or our parent website
We have 2 intakes per year. Round 1 closes 31st March 2017 and Round 2 closes 1st September 2017.

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